Cubs go out on a Lim (and claim Bard, too)
Another day, more roster moves. The Cubs today selected the contract of veteran reliever Chang-Yong Lim from Class AAA Iowa and designated reliever Michael Bowden for assignment. Lim, 37, a native of South Korea, is available out of the pen for today’s game against the Marlins. The Cubs also claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from Boston and designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.
Asked what he knows about the Cubs and their history, Lim answered through his translator: “Obviously the curse and 100 years.”
I guess everybody knows those things, or alleged things, when it comes to talking about curses.
Lim signed a two-year split (minor-league and major-league) contract with the Cubs last off-season as he continued his recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2012. He pitched at four different levels for the Cubs, advancing to Class AAA Iowa. Overall, he had an 0-0 record with a 1.61 ERA, allowing 4 earned runs over 22.1 innings pitched. He made 5 starts. In those 22.1 innings, he walked seven and struck out 24 while limiting opponents to a .173 batting average.
Before joining the Cubs, he pitched the last 17 years in Korea (1996-2007) in Korea and Japan (2008-12). Lim joined the Yakult Swallows in 2008 and recorded 128 saves with a 2.09 ERA in 238 relief appearances over his time there. He has had Tommy John surgery twice.
Asked what he knows about Lim, manager Dale Sveum said: “I don’t know a whole lot. His nickname is Zero for the numbers he’s put up in Korea. He’s coming back from a couple of injuries and pitching well for us in the minor leagues. Come up and see what we got.”
Bowden, a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School, has been designated for assignment twice this year by the Cubs.
“This time of year, doing things like that is unfortunate,” Sveum said. “Somebody’s got to bite the bullet so to speak. He’s given us a lot of tough innings and did a nice job for us in the role he had.”
For the Cubs this year in two stints, Bowden was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a WHIP of 1.25.
As for Bard, the 28-year-old right-hander is 10-19 with 5 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 211 big-league appearances (10 starts) covering all or parts of the last five seasons, including 2013. He has spent much of the last two seasons in the minor leagues.
Class A Daytona scored 6 runs in the sixth inning Tuesday to beat Dunedin 6-1 in Game 1 of the Florida State League playoffs. Corey Black got the win by working 5 innings and giving up 5 hits and no runs while walking one and striking out seven. Kris Bryant was 2-for-3. Black came from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano trade. Since joining the Cubs system, he has won 5 of 6 starts and has 35 strikeouts while allowing 27 hits.
As has been the case, Daytona waited out a rain delay.
“I came back in at about 8 o’clock, or a little bit after, and told the guys, ‘Listen, you’ve gone through this the whole year,’” Cubs manager Dave Keller told the Daytona Beach News Journal. “I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to play this game and you guys need to get in the frame of mind; each of one you guys has to get ready mentally.’
“As soon as I got done saying it, everybody just started cheering in the clubhouse.”
Black was clocked at 95 mph with his fastball.
“This team’s been amazing since I’ve been here,” Black told the paper. “They’ve been behind my back the whole time. Every time I’ve pitched, they’ve given me great run support and great defense.”
Class A Boise held Salem-Keizer to 3 hits in a 3-0 victory in Game 1 or the Northwest League playoffs. Paul Blackburn started and went 7 shutout innings, giving up 2 hits while walking none and striking out eight. Kevin Encarnacion was 3-for-4 with a double. Yasiel Balaguert was 3-for-3 with 2 RBI, and Dan Lockhart was 2-for-4 with a double.
“We came into the playoffs kind of cold, and they came in hot,” Lockhart told the Idaho Statesman. “We’ve definitely got to take advantage of this momentum while we have it.”
Manager Gary Van Tol lauded Blackburn.
“A big-time effort,” Van Tol said to the Statesman. “He stepped up big time, and we needed that. … He pitched the best game of his young career.”